Every american knows this date - July 4, 1776, it's the day our prosperous nation was born after all. This day the Declaration of Independence has been adopted and our ancestors (and we with them) finally got what they've been fighting for - freedom. Ever since then 4th of July has been an important, if not the most important, holiday for our country.
But do you know the history of the holiday? It was a surprise for me to find out the Independence was not actually declared on July 4. It was declared by the Continental Congress on July 2, 1776. July 4, 1776 is not the date Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence as well, he did that in June 1776. It is not the day the Declaration was delivered to the UK (November 1776) and it's not the date it was signed (this happened on August 2, 1776).
So why exactly do we celebrate the most important day of our nation on this specific date? It turns out it's the date the Continental Congress approved the final variant of the Declaration of Independence, so it was the date on the original handwritten document and the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the printed copies of the Declaration that later were circulated throughout the nation. That's why people associated the date with the Declaration of Independence.
July 4 has not always been the huge national holiday with fancy fireworks and barbecues we know today as well. In fact, people did not even celebrate it for the first 20 or so years of independence, they did have bigger issues, you know. Congress first declared July 4 as a national holiday only after about hundred years after the Declaration was written.
I don't know about you, but The Fourth of July is my favourite holiday. It is the day that celebrates all the right things like liberty, equality and freedom. This day I am especially proud to be born in the country that basically invented the democracy as we know it today. And I loooove fireworks too of course!
So guess what - my favourite holiday is juuust a few days ahead! That's why I decided to get you in the spirit of the upcoming holiday and gathered 30 design elements inspired by the Independence Day. Go ahead and enjoy the cliparts while I plan my 4th of July picnic with my friends and family.
Oh, almost forgot - absolutely all of the design elements presented below are royalty free! Have fun!
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